Easy Home Made Hot Chocolate

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(*Contains affiliate links*) We LOVE hot chocolate, but I don’t love all the unhealthy ingredients like hydrogenated oils, powdered milk, high fructose corn syrup, etc that are in the mixes you buy in the stores (although I’m not above using them every now and then).  Fortunately a healthy, home made version is actually really easy to make and doesn’t take long at all. Here’s the recipe we use.  What’s great about making it yourself is Read More

Oatmeal Muffins

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I got this recipe from my friend, (thanks Lizzy!)  I made a double batch today for breakfast and snacks.  Completely guilt free.  Sweetened with honey and bananas, this makes a great snack or breakfast served alongside some fruit.  If you buy gluten free oats, this recipe would be gluten-free and you could substitute almond milk for the milk in the recipe if you needed to cut some dairy.  Enjoy!! 3 ripe or over-ripe bananas mashed Read More

Grain Free Chocolate/ Chocolate Chip Cookies

Even though our family really doesn’t have any grain or gluten issues, i love having variety in our food.  This recipe was passed to me by a friend and it’s one of our favorites.  Amazing fresh and hot out of the oven. Chocolate Chip Coconut Pecan Cookies-Grain Free (makes about 28 small cookies-heaping Tablespoon) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease baking sheet or line with parchment. Blend til creamy: 10 T. butter, softened 5 Read More

Easy Cheesy Popcorn

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This is one of our favorite Sunday night snacks, since we eat our big meal mid-day.  You can add garlic powder if you like garlic flavor along with the cheesy flavor! I try to buy organic popcorn just because I like the idea of avoiding GMO foods.  We use an air popper and melt some butter to drizzle and salt to taste. SO grate some fresh parmesan into the powderish kind. Melt desired amount of Read More

Yummy Granola Bars

This is one of my very favorite granola bar recipes.  Perfect for snacks and packed lunches. Homemade Granola Bars Makes about 16 bars If you live in a humid climate, I suggest cooling the bars in the refrigerator before cutting them and then storing them in the refrigerator until you eat them. 2 cups old fashioned oats 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut 1 cup roughly chopped nuts (I used a mixture of cashews and almonds) Read More

Jen’s Pumpkin Dip

Jen's Pumpkin Dip

This is a recipe our daughter, Jenna, came up with!  It is such a tasty fall snack!  Our kids loved it! 1 -16 oz can of pumpkin 1-2 t. pumpkin pie spice 1/4 c. milk Sweeten to taste with honey (or whatever sweetener you want) Add a dash of salt Mix these together in a small saucepan and heat slowly til ingredients are blended and sweetener is dissolved. Allow to cool a bit and then Read More

Caramel Dip…Don’t Knock It Til You Try It!

We love to dip Granny Smith apples in caramel dip in the fall!  But the sugar load can sometimes be just too much.  So I hunted  around and ran across this healthy version and our family loved it!  So here it is, my fall gift to you!     Salted Raw Caramel Dip makes about 1 cup Ingredients: 1 cup soft Medjool dates, pitted 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or more to taste 1 teaspoon Read More

Little Ways to Get More Nourishing Food Down!

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We work so hard to nourish our children’s spirits, their emotions, educate them, and so forth.  None of this seems to happen without some effort and planning.  Feeding them, is no different! I have a few ideas that have worked well for our family and maybe you can put them to good use too! 1.) Start feeding them veggies at a very young age…soft and cooked, but veggies none the less.  Our children have acquired Read More